Mobile phones & learning!

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Introduction to mobile phones and learning


  • 1.
    Mobile phones & Learning!

2. Scope!

  • In reality this is a thesis topic so this session can onlybe a snapshot;
  • A chance to raise awareness;
  • To begin using some more of the simple mobile phone functions in our teaching and learning.


  • Checkout what others are doing;
  • Explore whats available on our mobile phones;
  • Brainstorm some possible learning activities;
  • Share ideas.

Whats planned 4.

  • Let look at several innovations and applications which are available.

What others are doing! 5. New York Million Project

  • Video play 1 st2 mins

6. Poll everywhere!

  • Poll everywhere is a polling service free(ish) for educators
  • Diagnostic assessment?
  • How well do you know your mobile phone? Please note it costs 30c on a Vodafone prepaid to vote.

7. Math4mobile

  • Another cool tool ismath4mobile . This site has 5 very sophisticated graphing programmes that you can download and run on most mobile phones.

8. Podcasts

  • Its just a recording.
  • Make your own and make them available on Blackboard!
  • Examples:
    • Audio books e.g. Wellington City Libraries' Downloadable Media foraudio books
    • Radio NZ


  • In groups of 3 or 4 people have a look at your own mobile phones.
  • Make a list of functions that the mobiles can be used for.

Explore whats available? 10. Combine the lists of functions 11.

  • Quizs etc.
  • Learner created content
  • Quizzes, study notes and flash cards can be transferred to mobile phones e.g.Be coming a parent
  • Examples
    • Mobile blogging (Utterli) Wordsworth .
    • Museum audio tours, students learn aboutartifacts, create an authentic tool for the museum.
    • Virtual audio walking tours e.g.scientific species in an area, guides for visitors etc

How are mobiles being used in learning 12.

  • Brainstorm
  • Key Competencies
  • Ideas for using mobiles in learning.
  • Consider both subject students and learning group
  • Try to get at least one idea for each key competency
  • Thinking
  • Using language, symbols and text
  • Managing self
  • Relating to others
  • Participating and contributing.

Using mobile phones in learning 13. Share ideas 14. Ideas from Year 5 students

  • Special network for children? Maybe one that doesnt cost so much?
  • Taking pictures of spelling words, check in dictionary.
  • Listening to stuff on the radio in class time.
  • Remembering dates on calendars.
  • Taking pictures.
  • PE Timer with the stopwatch.
  • Maths games.
  • Google.
  • Spelling games.
  • Voice Recording.
  • Calculators.
  • To do lists to keep projects organised.
  • Have a ring tone to get our attention in class.
  • Record interviews with people.
  • Can text to the teacher to ask a question if you dont want to ask in front of the whole class.


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